District court directed to issue injunction requiring San Jose USD to reinstate ASB club status

Editor’s Note: The following blog post contains a technical analysis of a recent decision in Fellowship of Christian Athletes v. San Jose Unified School District. The main blog post is prefaced with a brief summary designed for those without legal training. The heart of the […]

Superior Court rules State Board of Education abused its authority in overturning local charter denials

In January 2023, CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance (ELA) filed writ of mandate seeking to invalidate the State Board of Education’s (SBE) decision to grant the appeal of the petition for Mayacamas Charter School, which overturned the decisions by both the Napa Valley Unified School District […]

Legal update: ELA to file amicus brief in support of trustees in Garnier v. O’Connor-Ratcliff

In CSBA’s winter 2022 magazine, the Legal Team provided a summary of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Garnier v. O’Connor-Ratcliff, which held that the decision of two school board members to block some constituents from accessing private social media accounts used by […]

Supreme Court rules in favor of student seeking monetary compensation under the Americans with Disabilities Act

On March 21, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion, holding that students receiving special education services who file suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seeking monetary compensation do not first have to exhaust administrative procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities […]

San Mateo COE suit alleges social media platforms negatively impact student mental health

On March 13, 2023, the San Mateo County Board of Education and county superintendent filed suit against YouTube, Snap (formerly Snapchat) and TikTok in the federal district court for the Northern District, alleging that these social media companies designed their platforms and/or applications to intentionally […]

CSBA-sponsored bills AB 2584 and SB 1061 provide election reforms that will benefit LEAs

On Sept. 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two CSBA-sponsored election reform bills, Assembly Bill 2584 (Berman, D-Menlo Park) and Senate Bill 1061 (Laird, D-Santa Cruz). AB 2584 provides needed reforms to the recall process for local elected officials, and SB 1061 ensures that voters are […]

California Supreme Court holds that Unruh Civil Rights Act does not apply to public school districts

On Aug. 4, in the case of Brennon B. v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court held that  public school districts are not “business establishments” under the Unruh Civil Rights Act and, thus, the Act does not apply to them. CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance filed […]